Police had to storm into a church to break up an angry protest staged by part of a congregation demonstrating against their minister. At one stage officers had to stop a man trying to pull the power plug to the church organ. Tensions between two groups within the Ballynahinch Congregational Church reached breaking point during angry scenes yesterday.
It is believed that the church is split into two groups – those who claim to support the traditional church style and those who claim to support the minister who took up the post more than seven years ago. Rev Speers was escorted from the building flanked by police when he had finished his sermon, while his supporters shook his hand as they left the building.
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